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Uncertainty Shadows Senior Men

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Uncertainty now surrounds if any matches would be played ahead of the Barbados Football Association’s World Cup Qualifiers 2022.

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has dealt the Bajan Tridents a heavy blow, resulting in the cancellation of a friendly international game between Iceland and the local senior men’s team. The two-match series was scheduled for January 16 to 19 at the Wildey Turf, without spectators.

But the travel protocols which were updated on December 28 require visitors who arrive with a negative PCR test from a high-risk country to undergo five days quarantine before a second negative test is needed.

However, Iceland officials said with such a tight travel window it meant they would not have enough time to practice ahead of the matches.

President of the BFA, Randy Harris said it was a priority that the FA worked alongside the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit and its instructions as priority, but it was a "wait and see game" for now.

“We are expected to play our World Cup Qualifiers 2022 in March and June this year, and obviously we are starved for friendly competition so we can assess our team before the scheduled games. The way it looks now, we just have a wait and see game,” he said.

Harris said without knowing when the COVID situation would end, it made planning difficult, despite it being easy to get friendly games at this time because of the World Cup Qualifiers which had to be condensed due to the suspension of games last year.

“Everything depends on the situation with COVID-19 in the respective countries, and also the protocols instituted during this time. We are not in a position, really, that we can say emphatically that we will be playing matches before February or March. That depends strictly on the way the pandemic is managed and how the health officials would think it best for us to move forward,” he said.

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